Working not only on this site, but also for the news site, Horror-Movies.ca, I think I have a pretty good finger on the pulse of the horror community and the films that are coming out or were just released. Even with all the ‘research’ I do for these sites, lots of films still slip past me. Luckily, there are services like Netflix to offer up some of them. One that seemed to go right under my radar, for whatever reason, is Jimmy Loweree’s Absence.
Absence uses the ever-so-popular found footage technique, which works brilliantly for what it has to offer. Like Roger had mentioned in an earlier review (see To Jennifer), these hand-held camera type of films really do help independent, low budget filmmakers explore things that they wouldn’t have the chance of doing, due to lack of funds. Not only did Loweree use this technique to his advantage, but he still was able to deliver an entertaining project, full of original content.
The acting was great and I had a fun time getting to know each character. Everyone seemed like real people, which allows the audience to more properly connect with each individual. Absence draws you in and makes you feel like part of the group, experiencing everything every step of the way.
There aren’t very many effects to speak of, which I actually commend the crew immensely for. Instead of relying on special effects, atmosphere and lighting set the proper mood for each scene. I think everything, from beginning to end, was done perfectly in this film and I really do hope to see more from Loweree in the future.
If you’re looking for another found footage film to add to your watch list, definitely check this one out. Absence gets a rating of 4.5 bolitochas watermelons out of 5.